Around the beginning of the New Year, many law enforcement agencies take stock of the things that occurred in the previous year. Oft times in January, police chiefs around the country will ask their crime analysts for a preliminary work up of the crime statistics so they can get an advance look at the numbers. Then around mid-year, the FBI will begin to issue preliminary crime statistics and eventually the Uniform Crime Report will be released. The issuance of the Uniform Crime Report will start a flurry of stories in the news about crime statistics, and an equally frantic run on antacids by the heads of law enforcement agencies.You can read the rest of Why Crime Stats Matter over at The Crime Map blog.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Why Crime Stats Matter
I've got another post of mine up over at The Crime Map blog. In it I discuss why crime statistics are important. Here's an excerpt: